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Add Candy to Your Christmas cookies!

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It’s Christmas cookie time! Between holiday parties, cookie exchanges, and family snacking, Christmas cookies are a staple in every household. The best part is that making and decorating cookies is a great way to spend time with your family. Get creative with your cookies by using fun cookie cutters, using penny candy to decorate, and experimenting with different doughs! There are plenty of ways to make classic cookies your own. Here are some ideas to get you started! And remember, you can get all of your bulk and penny candy at BlairCandy.com. Happy Decorating!

Reuse Halloween Candy in a Way the Whole Family Will Love!

While we’re close to celebrating Thanksgiving, you might look in your kitchen and see that you still have leftover Halloween candy. The holiday season only brings in more scrumptious sweets, so getting rid of what you have to make room for more should be a top priority. While you might think that you only have two options: eaCandy to Dessertsting all of the candy or throwing it out, there is actually a third option that the whole family will love! Use your leftover Halloween candy in a cookie, brownie, cake, or cupcake recipe! Not sure what to do? We have you covered. Here are 50 recipes that you can use your left over candy, or any candy in general, to make a delicious dessert everyone will love.

Today is National Dessert Day!

National Dessert Day is celebrated on October 14th. It’s sure to be a day filled with rich, yummy treats (May we actually suggest having dessert at every meal today?)

Dessert is a French word derived from “desservir”, meaning “to clear the table”. The first desserts were focused on nutrition, and mainly consisted of natural candies and nuts before evolving to complex baked goods and ice cream recipes.

At Blair Candy, we’re always sure to be stocked with the best additions to your favorite meal of the day –such as yummy candy ice cream toppings, sprinkles, sundae toppings, and more.

Sweet Candy Ice Cream Ideas

Sweet summertime is here and that means lots and lots of ice cream! This summer, why not take your creamy frozen treats up a notch? How so, you may wonder? With candy ice cream toppings and other fun additions! Check out these fun ice cream and candy pairings and deliciously frozen ideas:

Smores-style ice cream: The only way to make this campfire favorite ever more enticing? Ice cream-ifying it! Create a deconstructed smores-style ice cream treat by spooning marshmallow topping onto a few scoops of chocolate ice cream. Sprinkle with crushed graham crackers and voila! Smores ice cream!

Salted caramel pretzel ice cream: All you need for this enticing treat is vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce, and salted pretzels. The sweetness of the caramel pairs fantastically well with the salted pretzels, create that salty-sweet taste that we know you love.

Monster Ice Cream: Here’s a take on the classic monster cookie. Vanilla ice cream is the perfect base for the sweet toppings in this recipe. Simply sprinkle a scoop of vanilla with chopped nuts, mini M&Ms, and chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups for a full-of-flavor chilly treat!

Whoppers Ice Cream: Love the taste and texture of these sweet little malted milk balls? All you need is malted milk powder! Sprinkle a spoonful or two atop a scoop of your favorite flavor. To mimic Whoppers, we suggest using chocolate ice cream!

“Snickers” Ice Cream: Sure, you can add chopped snickers to the top of your ice cream, but why not infuse the flavors of a snickers bar throughout the entire scoop? Spoon caramel sauce and hot fudge on top of a scoop of ice cream (we suggest vanilla or peanut butter), and simply sprinkle on some chopped peanuts and you’ve got a cone-full of snickers!

The Almond Joy: Coconut pairs perfectly with summer, don’t you think? Sprinkle shredded coconut and chopped almonds overtop a scoop of chocolate for a fun frozen twist on the Almond Joy!

Celebrate the start of summer with one of these delicious candy-inspired ice cream treats. Let us know which one is your favorite!

Summery Sweet Candy Recipes

Summertime is upon us and it’s time to party! From pool parties to barbecues, consider incorporating these fun and easy candy ideas into your next outdoor event. They’re all perfect for summer and able to withstand the hot, hot heat!

Pool party candy buffet:

From: http://projectnursery.com/projects/welcome-summer-party/

Ingredients:

· Candy! Think non-melting candy, such as jelly beans, gummy fish, rock candy, lollipops, and skittles.

· Beach pails

· Beach shovels

· A beach towel

· Buffet bags

Directions:

  1. Lay a beach towel along a table.
  2. Arrange beach buckets in a fun way, filling them with candy.
  3. Allow guests to fill their candy bags with summery shovels!

Jello Pool Snacks:

From: http://rebeccamealey.hubpages.com/hub/Sand-Cups-Beach-or-Pool-Party-Treats

Ingredients:

    · Blue Jello

    · Graham crackers, crushed

    · Gummy bears

    · Gummy lifesavers

    · Clear plastic cups

    · Vanilla pudding

    · Paper Umbrellas

Directions:

  1. Make Jello as package instructs, within the clear plastic cups.
  2. Once Jello is in a solid state, top with a layer of vanilla pudding.
  3. Sprinkle pudding with crushed graham crackers.
  4. Place two-three gummy bears in the “sand,” along with a gummy lifesaver or two.
  5. Garnish with a fun paper umbrella!

Candy Kabobs:

From: http://www.adoseofserendipity.blogspot.com/

Ingredients:

· Wooden skewers

· A variety of brightly colored gummy candy (peach rings, gummy fruits, gummy worms, etc.)

Directions:

  1. Skewer gummy candy onto skewers, creating a fun pattern.
  2. Serve on a fun plate, just as you would regular kabobs!

With these fun summer candy recipes, you’ll be ensured plenty of fun (and tasty!) days ahead.

Yummy Recipes with Necco Sweethearts

One of our favorite pastimes to do here at Blair Candy is try new recipes using surprising candy. Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, we decided to find some unique recipes using the Valentine’s Day favorite, Necco Sweethearts! Sweethearts have been around for decades, so it’s no surprise that people have found new and tasty ways to use this lovely treat! Take a look at these delicious recipes from some of our favorite blogs!

Sweetheart Martinis

From:

http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/valentines-conversation-heart-martinis-for-the-adults/

  • 4 ounces strawberry vodka
  • 2 ounces peach schnapps
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • Cherries & Conversation Hearts for garnish
  • Pink sanding sugar for the rims

Directions

1. Rim two martini glasses with pink sanding sugar.

2. Mix the vodka, schnapps and pineapple juice in a shaker with two or three ice cubes and pour through a strainer into the rimmed glasses. Garnish with cherries and hearts.

Conversation Heart Bark

From:

http://thedecoratedcookie.com/2012/01/partying-with-conversation-heart-bark/

  • Silicone ice cube tray (hearts if you can find one)
  • White chocolate chips or candy melts, any color
  • Conversation hearts
  • Ziploc
  • Hammer or mallet
  • Disposable decorating bag
  • Scissors

Directions

step one: crush your hearts
Oh, that sounds so sad. Place some conversation hearts in a Ziploc and smash with the hammer or mallet. Best to do this over a cutting board or dish towel so you don’t destroy the counter. Sprinkle a layer of crushed hearts on the bottom of each heart in the tray.

step two: melt your chocolate
Add some chocolate chips or candy melts to the disposable decorating bag. Fold over the top so they don’t fall out of the bag. Don’t fill the bag too much, use about 1/2 cup of chips or whatever fits comfortably in the bag. Microwave at 50 percent power for a minute and a half. Massage the chips and keep microwaving at 30, then 20 second intervals just until the chips are melted.

step three: add your chocolate
Snip the tip of the decorating bag and pipe the melted chocolate on top of the crushed hearts to fill the tray. Pick up both ends of the tray and gently stamp it flat on the counter to tamp down the chocolate. Let set well, a couple hours. Pop out of the tray and that’s it!

Sweetheart Rice Krispies

From:

http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/983695/funfetti-conversation-heart-rice-krispies-recipe

  • 1 package marshmallows (about 40 large ones)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 2 cups mini-marshmallows
  • About 1/2 cup sprinkles
  • Conversation hearts
  • Melted white chocolate

Directions

  1. Heat butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Once melted, add in large marshmallows. Heat until mixture is fully melted, stirring constantly, about 5-6 minutes.
  2. Pour the cereal, mini-marshmallows and sprinkles in a large mixing bowl. Pour the melted marshmallow mixture over the Rice Krispies and stir to combine. Add additional sprinkles if you’d like.
  3. Using your hands, press the mixture into a large 9 x 13-inch glass-baking pan. Push it down with your hands to smooth out lumps. While the mixture is still warm, press in conversation hearts all over the Rice Krispies.
  4. Chill Rice Krispies for about an hour. Once chilled, stamp out hearts with heart-shaped cookie cutters. Drizzle hearts with white chocolate and enjoy!

Add Even More Deliciousness to Your Dessert with Ice Cream Toppings!

Not that we ever stop eating ice cream – even when the temperature is beyond freezing, I’ve always got time in my schedule for a scoop or two! – but during the summer, ice cream eating definitely kicks into action big time. Have I ever made it a personal test to see if I had enough time during a commercial break to make myself a sundae? Umm…maybe. (Yes. Yes I have. Even though I have a DVR, I like to challenge myself. Keeps ya young!)

But don’t go thinking for one minute that I’m eating bowl after bowl of plain ice cream. Even if I pick a flavor with candy bits, cookie dough, nuts or marshmallow already in the mix, I am certainly adding more. I learned years ago that the ‘less is more’ philosophy doesn’t even come close to applying to candy, so I do what I know in my heart is the right thing to do. I pile on ice cream toppings until the ice cream is no longer visible. So far, this method is working out pretty great!

As for where I’m getting all these tempting ice cream toppings, that would be right here at BlairCandy.com! In order to ensure that they are indeed fresh and flavorful, I have to run a taste test. I hope you understand that I’m doing this for all of you – it has nothing to do with my own candy cravings. I know, I know, I’ve heard it all before. You never met anyone so selfless! 😉

Want some unique and delicious ice cream toppings of your own? Be sure to browse our full selection and make ice cream time even better! You can also feel free to challenge yourself to the commercial break sundae test. I figure the calories I burn rushing to make my sundae quickly surely exceed the calories I’m eating! (Let me dream here, people.)

St. Patrick’s Day Candy Recipe Creations!

About a month ago we posted St. Patrick’s Day is But a Month Away, which featured 3 yummy recipes to try for the luckiest holiday in all the land. Now that St. Patrick’s Day is but a few days away, we’ve set out on an adventure to find even more tempting creations! And, it would appear luck was on our side once again. Whether you have a few friends stopping by, or you’re planning the party of the year, here are 2 more St. Patrick’s Day desserts to consider, each packed with their fair share of candy…

Image courtesy of Spoonful.com

Rainbow Cupcakes: When we first saw this colorful cupcake we couldn’t put our fingers on what the rainbow was made of. We’ve been in the candy business for many, many years, and we’re pretty good at picking out sweets even if they’ve been modified in some way. Well, imagine our pleasure and surprise when we read the ingredients and realized it’s an Airheads rainbow! You’ll need Airheads in a few different rainbow colors, and gold chocolate coins for the end of the rainbow as well. While making Airheads rainbows seems as though it could be a bit tricky, the ease of the rest of the recipe definitely makes up for it.

Image courtesy of weheartit.com

Skittles and Rolos Treat Bags: Aren’t really up for baking, but still want St. Patrick’s Day treats that make a splash? These couldn’t be cuter or easier! Simply purchase cellophane candy bags and fill the bottom with gold. Or, you know, gold foil-wrapped Rolos! Gold chocolate coins could work as well, or just about any candy in a golden wrapper. Next, layer on the Skittles by color, keeping Roy G. Biv in mind! Secure it at the top and try not to jostle them around too much. You want to be sure your Skittles don’t have an opportunity to get mixed up in the bag.

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St. Patrick’s Day is But a Month Away!

Our candy bowls are still happily full of Valentine’s Day lollipops and Conversation Hearts, but the red and pink sweets won’t last forever! And with that in mind we’ve been poking around the internet hoping for the Luck of the Irish in finding the best St. Patrick’s Day candy recipes. Let’s just say we struck gold! Here are just a few of the yummy treats we came across, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day parties, or just mixing up for family and friends…

Image courtesy of TheYummyLife.com

Green Popcorn & Pretzel Party Mix: There are few things luckier than stumbling across a party-worthy recipe that looks great, is full of ingredients that almost everyone loves, and is super simple to make. But that’s just what happened when we found the Green Popcorn & Pretzel Party Mix recipe at The Yummy Life! This sweet and salty snack could be your ‘big treat’, taking center stage with its mix of chocolate chips, pretzels, popcorn, green M&M’s and more. Want to make it a bit minty? Consider using Mint Dark Chocolate M&M’s!

Image courtesy of Spoonful.com

Shamrock Cupcakes: These simple but striking cupcakes make an especially wonderful treat for those whose candy tastes lean a bit toward the nostalgic side. While gum drops and Spearmint Leaves aren’t as popular with youngsters as they are with more mature candy fans, youngsters aren’t the only ones eating cupcakes! Perhaps you have to grow up on Spearmint Leaves and Orange Slices to understand how oh-so-good they really are. Lucky for me, I did!

Image courtesy of NotMartha.org

Leprechaun Trap Cake: This is the recipe that had me calling people over to my desk. If I could make mine look half this amazing I’d be thrilled! As if the ladder made from pretzels wasn’t darling enough, the pretzels make another appearance on top of the cake beneath the chocolate coins. What are they doing there? Oh, just being an important part of the leprechaun trap. As for the cake itself? Well, that just happens to be a rainbow inside. Yep – coolest, luckiest cake ever!

Some More Candy Treats to Tempt Your Valentine!

In our last blog post we highlighted three oh-so-sweet recipes that are perfect for Valentine’s Day. Each incorporated at least one candy favorite to take an already-enticing baked good to the next level. Today, we’re going to add 3 more goodies to that list. We keep finding amazing recipes, and simply have to share them with you! Of course, the more treats the better, so feel free to try your hand at all of them. And if you have any extras and happen to be in the area, we’d be happy to help them disappear!

Image courtesy of the36thavenue.com

Festive White Chocolate Popcorn – It looks as though the author of this recipe actually whipped up this yumminess for Christmas, but we think it looks perfect for Valentine’s Day as well (especially in those ADORABLE striped bowls!) There is nothing in this recipe not to love, and for as eye-catching and pretty as it turns out, it sounds quite achievable even for a kitchen novice. All you’ll need is popcorn, white chocolate chips, marshmallows, butter, corn syrup, and Sixlets. And an appetite for awesome treats. You’ll need that, too!

Image courtesy of Pinterest

Heart Shaped Peeps Valentines – These so sweet Valentines are not only unique and full of delicious delights, they are also so easy to make that you don’t have to ‘make’ them at all. Instead of a recipe, there are simple directions. Simply place a graham cracker or two in a treat bag with a piece of a Hershey’s bar and heart-shaped Peep. You can give your Valentine just one, but they’re sure to want s’more!

Image courtesy of savingcentswithsense.net

Conversation Hearts Rice Krispies Treats – Whether you’re mixing up Valentines for the kiddos, or your special someone never grew out of Rice Krispies treats (who could blame them?), these heart-shaped eats are a perfect snack for sharing the love. This recipe calls on red food coloring to give the hearts a light pink hue, but you could always make several small batches and incorporate blue, green, purple – whatever your ummm… heart desires! Grab a bag of Necco Sweethearts, and you’re done in a flash.

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